A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
November 2020 
Workers and employers participated in 50th OAS General Assembly  
On October 19, representatives of workers and employers took part in a dialogue with the OAS Member States, the Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary General, in the framework of the 50th General Assembly of the Organization. Representing the workers of the Americas,  COSATE authorities, President Marta Pujadas and Vice President José Olvera, highlighted that the solution to the crisis generated by Covid-19 cannot be at the expense of losing labor rights, and that an institutionalized social dialogue is indispensable to achieve a new social contract that ends the region’s deep inequalities and traces an strategy towards a more just society. For their part, the President and Vocal of CEATAL, Daniel Funes de Rioja, and Maria Isabel Leon, called on governments to accelerate the necessary transformations to finally overcome the region's gaps in productivity, digitization, innovation, research, science and technology, vocational training and productive chains. 
More information, including the interventions of COSATE and CEATAL, here 
Soon: Hemispheric Dialogue among gender units of the Ministries of Labor   

Last week, invitations were sent through the Permanent Missions to the OAS for the participation of the Gender Units or Areas of the Ministries of Labor in the "Hemispheric Dialogue to advance the institutionalization of gender in the Ministries of Labor" , to take place virtually on November 20th. 
The objectives of this dialogue are to discuss the current situation, emerging issues, challenges and opportunities for Ministries' gender units in light of Covid-19; and issue recommendations to be submitted to the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) to advance in the institutionalization of gender.
This event is organized by the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Employment of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), in collaboration with the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and funded by the Canadian Labour Program.
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ILO: Universal coverage of social protection benefits is possible

Latin America and the Caribbean would need to invest 7.5% of its GDP, equivalent to 335 billion dollars, to achieve universal coverage in four of the main social protection benefits: early childhood, maternity, seniors, and people with disabilities; according to the report "Financing social protection gaps" published by the ILO. It also notes that the most lagging social protection branch in the region is maternity coverage, with a rate of just 34.3%. Similarly, the report makes recommendations to governments to find fiscal space to increase coverage and achieve universality.
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Meetings of the ILO Governing Body begin

The meetings of the ILO Governing Body began virtually last week, in order to deal with administrative matters of the Organization and plan next activities. On this occasion, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governing Body  re-scheduled some topics for March 2021, such as the definition of the Agenda of the International Labor Conference.
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
Argentina: Government, unions and employers agreed on common work agenda and called for tripartite social dialogue 
Bahamas: Economic Recovery Committee provides reccommendations 
Barbados: Webinar on entrepreneurship in times of COVID-19 
Brazil: Government extends measures of suspension of contracts and reduction of workday 
Canada: Tax credit for people with disabilities in light of COVID-19  
Chile: Free courses on technology training and digital skills 
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Colombia: Social dialogue with workers of the platform economy 
Ecuador: New contract models presented 
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Guatemala: Convention to eliminate labor exploitation and child labor 
Guyana: Training on early childhood 
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Honduras: Unique bond for independent workers 
Mexico: Protocol against violence at work presented 
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Panama: Good practices and bio-safety protocols awarded 
Uruguay: Program "I study and work" on Youth Employment launched 
OAS: Virtual dialogue among the Gender Units within the Ministries of Labor 
November 20th
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OAS: Opportunities of free courses for teachers with ProFuturo 
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OAS: Seminar on "Innovative ways to connect the unconnected" 
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OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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ILO: Managing work-related psychosocial risks during the COVID-19 pandemic 

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ILO: Labor Overview in the Times of COVID-19 

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ILO: Youth & COVID-19: Impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being

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CIM: Covid-19 in the life of women: Emergency in caretaking (Only in Spanish) 

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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 5th Edition 
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UN Women / CEPAL: Domestic Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean in teh face of the COVID-19 pandemic 

(In Spanish) 

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IOE guidance on Teleworking in times of COVID-19 

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ECLAC-ILO: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Work in times of pandemic: the challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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ILO: A Safe and Healthy Return to Work during the COVID-19 pandemic

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